The Story so Far...
Gauthier Vineyard, LLC, is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the Lafayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown. The owners, Mo and Sandi Gauthier, both retired Navy Captains, purchased their “Fair Winds” farm in 2010. Like most ground in the county, the farm is rich in history. Local relic hunters have validated its service as a Civil War encampment for both Union and Confederate forces during the lengthy Peninsula Campaign.
The Gauthier’s built their state-of-the art equestrian center in 2011. The equestrian center offers boarding, training, lessons, clinics and competitive events. We are pleased to have Arleen Hensley, international and ApHC show judge, relocate from North Carolina to spearhead establishing the center. Her newly formed 2013 Junior Hensley Show Horse team won numerous awards during their first year of competition. Arleen has over thirty years of experience breeding, training and showing championship appaloosa, paint, and quarter horses in numerous equestrian disciplines.
The Gauthier’s original 3200 Norton and Viognier vines were planted by friends and family in the Spring of 2011, followed by construction of the tasting room and wine making facility in 2012-2013. In addition to their estate grapes, the Gauthier’s purchase Virginia grapes and lease vines in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in partnership with Randy and Karen Phillips, founder-owners of Cave Ridge Vineyard. Randy, an award winning vintner, oversees the wine making operations for Gauthier Vineyard.
Mo and Sandi’s daughter, Aimee Stevenson, is Director of Sales and Marketing and manages tasting room operations. Aimee has many years of experience in the service industry, and we are thrilled to have her on the team.
The Gauthiers wish to thank the many friends and family members who’ve graciously participated in all phases of farm and vineyard operations. Without their help, we could not have reached our latest milestone……the opening of the winery. It has been a journey full of highs and lows --- made possible through your gifts of time and fellowship. Again, many thanks!